Chicago notches sweep of Royals

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2004

CHICAGO Magglio Ordonez hit a one-out home run in the the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday and a three-game series sweep.

Frank Thomas and Aaron Rowand also homered for the White Sox, who beat the Royals in their final at-bat for the second straight game.

Ordonez's fourth homer of the year came on an 0-2 pitch from D.J. Carrasco (1-1).

Damaso Marte (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Kansas City starters have yet to win a game this year, their longest streak to start a season since 1992.

Blue Jays 11, Tigers 0

DETROIT Cy Young winner Roy Halladay pitched a shutout for his first win of the season and Frank Catalanotto extended his hit streak to nine games.

Halladay (1-2) allowed eight hits and struck out five. He started with the same record last season before finishing with a 22-7 record.

Jason Johnson (1-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk in four innings. Despite the defeat, the Tigers are still three games over .500 after setting an AL record with 119 losses last season.

Toronto put the game away with five runs in the seventh and added three runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Kevin Cash and a RBI double by Chris Woodward.

Rangers 7, Athletics 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Kenny Rogers pitched seven solid innings, Alfonso Soriano had three hits and Texas avoided a three-game sweep.

Rogers (2-0) gave up one unearned run and five hits in his 38th home victory, breaking a tie with Rick Helling for the most wins at The Ballpark at Arlington.

Rich Harden (0-1) gave up six runs and 11 hits in his first start this season for Oakland.

Twins 3, Indians 0

CLEVELAND Brad Radke pitched eight shutout innings for Minnesota in a win over Cleveland.

Radke (2-0) allowed four singles, struck out five and walked one to help Minnesota take two of three games in the series. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his first save since 1999 for San Francisco.

Corey Koskie homered in the eighth inning and Jacque Jones connected in the ninth for the Twins.

Indians starter Jason Stanford (0-1) Stanford gave up one run and five hits in six innings.

Orioles 12, Red Sox 7

BOSTON Miguel Tejada's first homer for Baltimore in the 11th inning started a five-run rally that carried the Orioles to a victory.

The former AL most valuable player with Oakland entered the game with nine hits, all singles, and no RBIs in his first 30 at-bats. Tejada was 0-for-3 with two walks before leading off the 11th against Bronson Arroyo (0-1).

Jay Gibbons' RBI triple made it 9-7 and Baltimore padded the lead when runs scored on an error, a walk and a single.

Buddy Groom (1-0) got the win and Jorge Julio got the last three outs.

Boston starter Pedro Martinez allowed seven runs in five innings, including David Segui's three-run homer that tied the game 7-all in the fifth. Baltimore starter Sidney Ponson also struggled, allowing seven runs on eight hits in four innings.

Mariners 6, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Ryan Franklin gave up four hits in eight sharp innings, and the Seattle Mariners turned two Anaheim errors into five runs in the sixth inning of a 6-2 win over the Angels on Thursday night.

Raul Ibanez drove in two runs for the Mariners, who snapped a string of seven straight losses to Anaheim and avoided what would have been a second three-game sweep by the Angels in a span of 10 days.

The Mariners, who last season became the first team since the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers to use only five starting pitchers, finally got their first win from a member of the rotation.

Franklin (1-0) did it on the ninth try making just one mistake, a two-run homer by Adam Kennedy in the second.

Eddie Guardado allowed a hit in the ninth. John Lackey took a 2-1 lead into the sixth before the Mariners capitalized on throwing errors by shortstop Chone Figgins and center fielder Garret Anderson to take a 6-2 lead.

Figgins fielded Ichiro Suzuki's leadoff grounder and made a high throw to first baseman Darin Erstad, who appeared to make a successful sweep tag across Suzuki's back before he reached the bag. Singles by John Olerud and Edgar Martinez brought across the tying run, and Ibanez gave Seattle a 3-2 lead with an RBI single.

Ibanez took third on Rich Aurelia's single and continued home when Anderson's throw sailed into the third base dugout only the fifth error by Anderson in his last 457 games in the outfield. Ben Weber relieved Lackey (0-2) and Randy Winn greeted him with an RBI single that capped the rally.

Kennedy, who hit a career-high 13 home runs last season, opened the scoring with a two-run shot off the right-field pole with two outs in the second after Anderson led off the inning with a double.

Bret Boone was hit on the left hand by Lackey's fastball in the fourth, but stayed in the game after a few anxious moments on the ground. He stole his first base of the season moments later and scored Seattle's first run when Ibanez doubled inside the first base line.

Notes: Anderson committed only one error last season, and two in each of the previous two years. ... Ibanez spent parts of five seasons with Seattle and totaled 58 RBIs before going to Kansas City as a free agent and recording a career-best 103 two years ago. He had 90 RBIs for the Royals last season. ... Angels 3B Troy Glaus missed his fourth straight game because of a sore hamstring, but is expected back in the lineup for Friday's opener of a three-game series against Oakland. ... Figgins was doubled up at first base in the first inning, when Vladimir Guerrero fouled out on a hit-and-run play and Franklin took the throw from Olerud. ... Seattle closer Guardado, who was penciled in to be the setup man for Kazuhiro Sasaki before Sasaki decided to stay in Japan, is still waiting for his first save situation after recording 86 saves over the previous two seasons with Minnesota.

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